Screening Checks

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26 September, 2019

What different Screening Checks are there?

There are several different Screening Checks that may be required for people who volunteer or work in the Uniting Church. The most common of these are:

  1. Working with Children Checks (WWCCs)
  2. General Employment Probity Checks
  3. Vulnerable Person Related Employment Checks

How do I know which Screening Check I need?

The Information on the Screening and Authority Process sheet includes details about which Screening Checks are needed when. This information is summarised below:

Working with Children Check (WWCC) - valid for 5 years (portable)

See our Working with Children Check resource page for information or continue reading to apply for one.

General Employment Probity Check - valid for 3 years (non-portable) and required for:

  • Ministry Agents in active service (eg. Ministers and Pastors) and employees in the church
  • Church Council members and office bearers
  • Anyone who is rostered or requested by a church leader to drive members to/from church activities
  • Anyone who deals with or handles money

Vulnerable Person Related Employment Check - valid for 3 years (portable) and required for:

  • Ministry Agents in active service (eg. Ministers and Pastors) and employees in the church
  • Anyone who undertakes intentional pastoral care on behalf of the congregation
  • Anyone who leads or assists with worship services in aged care facilities or hospitals
  • Anyone who works with refugees or migrants
  • Anyone offering social support services (eg. counselling, financial support, soup kitchen)

So, how do I apply for these Screening Checks?

Screening Check requests are facilitated by the SA Synod via an application made on the Safe Church Screening page. Information collected from this application will initiate a Screening Check with the DHS.

Use this flowchart (which refers to the below two information sheets) to follow the process through.

If you have any queries, please contact our Safe Church Congregation Liaison (Sue Laycock).

* Note that if you are under 18 you will still need to go through the first part of this process, however you will be unable to verify your ID online and will need to complete a 100 point check via the DHS website.

* Note that if you don't have an Australian driver's licence and an Australian passport (acceptable even if expired for up to two years) or a numbered Australian birth certificate or a numbered Australian citizenship certificate, you will need to complete this 100 Point Identity Verification Check instead of using the online DHS process.

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